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Takashi Miike is a highly prolific, and highly controversial, Japanese auteur; who states his primary influences to be David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and Paul Verhoeven. A combination he takes and turns Up to Eleven in many of his films. He has directed several movies a year since his first release in 1991, as well as a handful of television programs, for an average of about 3-4 a year; starting soon after graduating Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film, where he studied under legendary Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura. Although the bulk of his work are theatrical releases, mainly Yakuza action films, he also produces a considerable number of Direct to Video V-cinema releases as well. The former are often used to finance the latter; which he claims he does because they allow him more creative control, and greater freedom from censorship and traditional narrative structure.

Both inside and outside Japan he's best known for Black Comedy, over-the-top violence, and Gorn; but his films cover a much wider range of genres and styles. Along with his signature action and horror, he's also produced examples of period drama, sentimental road picture, teen drama, more traditional crime drama, children's movies, and some that defy any attempt at labeling, such as the live-action/claymation horror comedy musical The Happiness of the Katakuris.

His V-cinema releases, despite frequent extreme depictions of violence and sexual perversion, are often philosophical explorations of the darker side of the human psyche.

He made an (unidentified) cameo, presumably as himself, in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, which fits the tone of the games perfectly, and an identified cameo as the voice of Pascal the Otter in the Japanese Animal Crossing film, which does not.

Compare David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Luis Bunuel, John Waters.

Some notable work:


Recurring tropes in Takashi Miike's filmography include:

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